A record 19 teams will play a 16-game season beginning November 1 in Las Vegas and ending February 23 in Dallas, followed by the Ron Newman Cup playoffs in late February and early March.
For the first time the PASL will be divided into four divisions, the Eastern, Central, Southwestern, and Pacific.
The returning Cincinnati Kings, Detroit Waza, Ohio Vortex, and Illinois Piasa will be joined by the Harrisburg Heat in the Eastern Division.
The Dallas Sidekicks return to arena soccer will be accompanied by the Texas Strikers, Rio Grande Valley Flash, Rockford Rampage, and Chicago Mustangs in the Central Division.
The Southwestern Division will be composed of the Las Vegas Legends and Real Phoenix, and the returning Arizona Storm, and Toros Mexico, who were known as Revolucion Tijuana last season.
The San Diego Sockers headline a Pacific Division that also features the Anaheim Bolts, Tacoma Stars, Turlock Express and the expansion Sacramento Surge.
The Kansas Magic ceased operations and the Louisville Lightning have decided to suspend play for the 2012/13 season. In all the PASL will see 10 returning teams and nine expansion teams take the field this season.
“Fans can look forward to more rivalries, star players, and story lines than ever before,” said PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken. “Arena soccer is once again gaining a foothold in the US and we can’t wait for the season to begin.”
The PASL will also broadcast more games than ever thanks to their new deal with America One.
In the coming weeks the league will make further announcements about broadcasting as well as this year’s playoff format. The entire regular season schedule can be found on the Schedule tab at the league’s official website at http://www.paslsoccer.com.
Stars open November 17 at home v. Turlock Express
The Tacoma Stars will start their third season in the Professional Arena Soccer League when they host the Turlock Express on Saturday November 17 at the Pacific Sports Center in Tacoma. Kick off times for the Stars’ matches have yet to be made official. Tacoma will play its first five PASL matches at home. The Stars will face historic rivals the San Diego Sockers only twice, while they club will play the expansion Sacramento Surge and the returning Turlock Express four times each.
TACOMA STARS 2012-13 PASL SEASON SCHEDULE